Archive for June, 2015

Sunday 7th June – Marathon and Half Coniston

John Davies at the Coniston Marathon. Thanks to John Dade for the photo. image1




Saturday 6th June – Ennerdale Horse Shoe Fell Race

Report from Shane Ewen: Emergency bad weather route due to high winds of 60-80 mph and wind chill of -11 on the checkpoints! Second year in a row; the organisers seem to be plagued with bad luck. Whose mirror did they break?
As for me, I don’t recall breaking any glass, but 3 miles into this revised 17 mile “trail” route my right shoe (wave harriers) fell apart in the bog over to Floutern pass & I had to run the next 8 miles in a glorified flip flop along Buttermere and up & over a windy Scarth gap.

Managed to secure it with rock climber long lace, my buff & a plastic tie cord. Final 6-7 miles felt ok, esp along flat woodland trail, although it started to come apart again on the final rocky trail around Ennerdale Water.

As it was, the “race” was a bit of a wash out but the views etc were stunning. And I got to meet the legendary fell runner Joss Naylor who, when shown my handiwork, replied, “Reet bugger when tha’ happens.” Made my day.

Finished in just under 3 hours in 42nd place. Would/could have been higher/quicker, but had an enjoyable time nonetheless.

Appreciation to all the marshals out in the cold as well as the volunteers at the scout hut for the tea, cakes etc. A real pleasure watching Joss present the prizes.

Sunday AM spent up Skiddaw in morning mist. Bliss.

No published results yet.


Saturday 6th June – Wharfedale Half Marathon

Results and more of Jack’s photo’s on the club Flickr site here.

Report from Frank Beresford: I decided to enter Wharfedale Half Marathon purely because after having enjoying numerous leisurely walks around the beautiful area, I wanted to test myself off road in the stunning surroundings. I hadn’t really run properly since the uphill championships 6 days ago due to my legs been rather tiered from the onslaught of the hills in the Lakes and came to the race not sure how my legs would stand up to a Half Marathon so soon after a key race.


The pre-race atmosphere was friendly and welcoming and it was good as always to have a chat with a few fellow Otley A.C runners and other local club runners. During the race for the first 9 miles I stayed with the leading group feeling good throughout and thoroughly enjoyed the scenery in which I was running in. There was a however a hefty head wind pretty much throughout the race, which combined with some decent climbs made it a challenging yet gratifying course. By the 9th mile I supped my energy gel and pushed myself reasonably hard throughout the remaining 4.2 miles, to gain a clear lead and ultimately a win. I finished the race feeling strong, which gives me some confidence for my marathon training for Yorkshire Marathon, which begins on Monday.

I will now be racing less frequently to get some quality training in, but I will be entering some road 10ks in the coming months to get some real speed into my legs, so that combined with a further increase in endurance I can achieve a PB for Yorkshire Marathon. Well done to all those “Black and Whites” who raced today.


Saturday 6th June – Redcar Park Run

Report from Jamil Parapia: A bit strange to do a park run report but this was a very special occasion.
On the morning of Racheal and Zack’s wedding, the best man (me) and bridesmaid Claire Duck of Leeds City were invited (by the bride) to take part in the Redcar park run. We had all travelled to Staithes the night before and I was torn between getting totally smashed with Scott Harrington and Zack and doing the park run. Anyway after a few glasses of wine and some excellent chilli made by Mrs Whitehead and Gemma Harrington there was no turning back. Racheal had posted photographs of our “numbers” on Facebook meaning that we could not let her down now.
Off we sped on a very blustery day towards Redcar past the splendid vistas of the North Sea, approaching the not so splendid vista of Middlesborough’s ship yards on the horizon. The park in Redcar resembles something more like a botanical garden than a park. The windy course consists of 3 laps running over wooden bridges past fountains and neatly manicured flower beds. Some of the hairpin bends gave it a karting style feel. The perfect setting for a wedding park run. The best man took the early lead with the confident bride in close pursuit. The groom decided to rein in his over exuberant lady, instead acting as pacemaker ensuring that the female course record was firmly within her grasp. The bridesmaid slotted in just behind.
The best man won ,followed by a romantic hand in hand finish by the bride and groom. The bridesmaid had an excellent run finishing close behind. The congregation at Redcar park were very friendly allowing us to take several photos so a big thank you and a toast to them.
The wedding breakfast took place at ASDA cafe before copious amounts of Champagne.
Congratulations to Zack and Racheal who met at Otley AC!
bride and groom
1 Jamil Parapia 15:57 VM35-39 83.70 % M 1 Otley AC
2 James WILSON 16:40 VM35-39 79.10 % M 2 Loftus AC
3 Racheal Bamford 17:18 SW25-29 85.55 % F 1 Otley AC
4 Zack Whitehead 17:19 SM30-34 74.69 % M 3 Skyrac AC
5 Claire DUCK 17:46 SW25-29 83.30 % F 2 Leeds City AC


Saturday 6th June – Park Runs

Woodhouse Moor parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Tom EAMES West Suffolk AC 00:17:16
15 15 Graham Lake Otley AC 00:18:27
49 1 Shamiso SISIMAYI Kirkstall Harriers 00:20:39
60 58 Christian Hosker Otley AC 00:21:07
73 70 James KETTLEBOROUGH Otley AC 00:21:38
141 121 Andrew Webster Otley AC 00:23:36


Bradford parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Will KERR Saltaire Striders 00:17:03
23 23 Simon Anderson Otley AC 00:21:55
45 1 Lorna HUBBARD Keighley & Craven AC 00:22:55


Sewerby parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Harry HOLMES York Knavesmire Harriers 00:17:52
12 1 Sacha BUTTERWORTH Scarborough AC 00:21:04
28 25 Stephen SMALL Otley AC 00:23:18


Redcar parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Jamil Parapia Otley AC 00:15:57
3 1 Racheal Bamford Otley AC 00:17:18


Temple Newsam parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Meshal ABUSHAL Unattached 00:18:53
17 1 Jane KEMSHALL Scunthorpe & District AC 00:21:54
32 5 Holly Davey Otley AC 00:23:40


Skipton parkrun

Position Gender Position parkrunner Club Run Time
1 1 Lucas PAYNE Barlick Fell Runners 00:18:27
2 2 Jon GREENWELL Otley AC 00:18:55
13 1 Emma BAILEY Barlick Fell Runners 00:22:26



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Saturday 30th May – Woodhouse Moor 5k Park Run

319 95 Imogen Webster Otley AC 00:29:45
364 123 Alice WEBSTER Otley AC 00:31:32

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Green tokens for Juniors at Waitrose Otley

Please support us by popping your green tokens into our slot throughout June. Waitrose split £1000 between 3 chosen charities each month – the precise split depends on how many tokens you get!

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May Runner of the Month

The two runners of the month for May were Jamil Parapia for winning lots of races, 2 of the John Carr 5k’s along with the Ilkley Trail race and Emma Thomson for good runs at Melmerby and the first Harrogate League race after starting out with the absolute beginners group.  Well done both.


Wednesday 3rd June – Chevin Fell Race

Report from President Matt Podd:

Weather turned good for this on Wednesday night.

1. Jack Wood Ilkley 17.41
1. Claire Green P & B 21.18
18 Sam S 20.20
19 Jeremy S 20.21
26 Graham L 21.07
42 Andy Munt (sic) 21.46
51 Tom L 22.00
60 Tom Pomfrett 22.38
86 John D 24.51
98 Matt P 25.50
103 Nicola L 26.16
122 Billy 28.49
139 Sean O’Kalloran (sic) 35.00
145 Antonio 40.44

Good night out and lots of support. Special award to Matt, Tom and Billy who ran Harrogate league the night before.


Tuesday 2nd June – Thirsk Harrogate League Race 3

Report from the Hon. Handicapper:

Flat, fast & windy pretty much sums up race 3 of the season, the 2 lap race at Thirsk.  After the initial charge at the start, the head wind slowed the lead pack as no one seemed very keen to lead it out.  Scott was the first to crack, taking the initiative on the long opening track.  Turning left under the dual carriageway and now sheltered from the wind, the race up front really got started and I was doing my best to try and keep up with Tom. Round a couple of fields, under the dual carriageway again for the second lap and back along the long track into the wind.

Scott was Otley’s star of the night, finishing in 3rd, in 27:37.  Repeating his opening race win, Mike Burrett from Harrogate was first in 26:50 and 1st woman,17th overall was Jo Adams, Richmond, 30:45.

The rest of Otley’s finishers were 9th Tom Midgley 29:26,  13th myself 29:57,  83rd Tom Paget 34:05,  107th Chris Hosker 34:58,  122nd Garry Cochrane 35:26,  136th Chris Gilberthorpe 35:59,  138th Andy Webster 35:42,  144th Matt Podd 35:55,  148th Peter Gosling 36:06,  153rd Ian Broadbent 36:19,  156th Carl Walsh 36:23.  157th Chris Tomlinson 36:24,  165th Michael Pickard 36:50.

Continuing… 193rd Paul Clifford 37:52,  214th Eriks Zvaigzne 38:37,  220th Mary Hampshire 38:55,  233rd Billy Rayner 39:22,  248th Colin Best 39:56,  257th Philip Robinson 40:28,  271st Sue Tupling 41:25,  276th Joanna Hobson 41:38,  277th Tom Hannah 41:43,  286th Martin Weston 42:18,  306th Dominic Egan 44:20,  311th Emma Thomson 45:04.

Ps. Tom Lynch ran but is currently missing from v1 of the results, possibly, the unknown runner 1 place ahead of Tom Paget?